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When her first album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, debuted in 2008, Jessica Lea Mayfield seemed destined for a career of singing rootsy folk-rock songs. On her latest release, Make My Head Sing…, she’s shaken the acoustic ethos of her past in favor of grinding guitars and pounding drums. What remains from Mayfield’s bluegrass roots is a slight vocal twang and breathy delivery, reminding listeners that a harder-rocking new approach hasn’t completely changed her sound. Read more >>> Jessica Lea Mayfield performs with Gambles and The Petticoat Tearoom at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Caroline Jones)
Willie T’s Lobster Shack, a new fast-casual spot for lobster rolls and clam chowder, officially opens in Dupont today at 11 a.m. The restaurant comes from the group that owns American Tap Room, Austin Grill, and Be Right Burger. The menu centers around crab cake, shrimp, and lobster rolls, with Maine lobster sourced from New England fisheries three times a week. You’ll also find seafood salads, chowder, and “wicked whoopie pies” for dessert. The space, previously occupied by Marvelous Market, is outfitted with reclaimed wood from New England and Maine seaport memorabilia. Willie T’s Lobster Shack, 1511 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 332-3690. willietslobstershack.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Brooklyn electronic musician Chrome Sparks plays DC9 with Infinity Shred and LanceNeptune. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Still not tired of talking about This Town? Then join the author of the not-so-juicy tell-all, Mark Leibovich, as well as the New Republic‘s Franklin Foer and the New York Times’ David Brooks at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue for a discussion and signing. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $14–$24.
Bawdy comedian Eddie Izzard performs in what is sure to be a memorable getup at the Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $42–$75.
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